Acupuncture has long been a form of medicine in Asia, specifically in China. Although it wasn’t called as such back then, the concept of energy flowing in the body was already applied to healing different kinds of illnesses.
Psychological Distress in on the Rise
With globalization, societal expectations, and economic dynamics, everyone has to adapt to change. Oftentimes, even if you don’t want to accept new trends or ways of living, your career or job may require you to adapt very quickly. However, people have different ways of handling change. Consequently, the need to acclimate to new technology, job requirements and global dynamics can often lead to emotional distress.
Take Australia, for example. A report published by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare claims that 3.7 percent of Australian adults experienced emotional distress in 2014. In the U.S., about 3.4 percent of the population fall victim to this affliction.
This report also stated that women were more prone to experience a high level of distress when compared to men. Furthermore, the study revealed that 55-64 year olds are more likely to experience a high level of distress when compared to other age groups. Finally, it is often people who are in the lower income brackets who are more prone to stress and mental illnesses.
Therefore, it’s not just the speed of change in our environment that affects a person’s psychological state. Age, gender, racial dynamic, your income bracket…all of these aspects can impact your mental resilience. With that being said, what can people do to regulate and mitigate their emotional distress?
Acupuncture and its Dialogue with the Brain
Acupuncture is one of the ways in which people can improve and manage their emotions. It originated in China and was introduced internationally as early as the 1880s. It is now a widely-acknowledged form of medicine. As of today, there are tens of thousands of registered acupuncturists around the world.
For those who are not familiar with this form of medicine, acupuncture stimulates the body’s pressure points. The procedure involves inserting fine needles into the pressure points. This sends certain signals to the brain. As a result, this creates more balance emotionally, helping the patient to relieve emotional distress.
Acupuncturists base this practice on the belief that the body holds energy, or “qi” (pronounced as “chi”). Qi flows throughout the pathways of the body that connect all of the pressure points.
Stimulating Hormone Production to Relieve Emotional Distress
Much of the emotional distress that people feel is because negative energy gets stuck in the body. This means that pain, sadness, anxiety, anger, etc. are stuck because there aren’t enough outlets to release those feelings. Moreover, even if outlets exist, some are not as effective in relieving the body and brain of emotional distress in the long term.
When you take acupuncture sessions, you can deal with the emotions without exerting too much effort. Because acupuncture stimulates pressure points that signal the brain to produce hormones, it helps you relax. Moreover, it helps the patient relax and feel better just because they are able to lay down without having any distractions. Acupuncture sessions can serve as your safe space from all the things that can trigger emotional distress.
What’s great about this form of medicine is that acupuncturists know which pressure points can relieve different illnesses and distress. Take, for example, when you are feeling depressed. An acupuncturist will know which pressure point to stimulate to signal your brain to produce more happy hormones.
Teaching the Body How to Balance Out Stress
Aside from reinforcing the production of hormones, acupuncture can help relieve emotional distress by activating your parasympathetic nervous system. This system is part of the overall nervous system. It balances out the sympathetic nervous system. When the latter reacts to stress, the former balances this out by triggering a relaxing feeling.
Yet, there are times when your body goes out of balance. When your body is in constant fight mode, it needs a catalyst to put it back in balance. This is what acupuncture does to your body. It aims to maintain your emotional balance.
Finally, acupuncture can and should be done more than once. Unlike a massage, acupuncture works well if it is done regularly. This way, it is able to stimulate and balance the right amount of hormones. After a few sessions, your body will learn how to do this by itself, independent of the treatment.
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